Please check back for information about upcoming events in the spring 2019 semester!

Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00am to 5:30pm
This full-day conference will bring together a diverse set of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to explore what federalism means now. In this era of shifting state and federal policy positions, what constraints and opportunities does federalism present? Can people of different views agree on rules and principles to...
Friday, November 3, 2017
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Interested in Cal-in-Sac ? Join us for an information session on Friday, November 3 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the IGS Library. Applications for summer 2018 are due on November 13. Learn more about the program on the Cal-in-Sac page , and read firsthand experiences of the program on the Cal-in-Sac Fellows blog .
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Interested in Cal-in-Sac? Join us for an information session on Monday, October 30 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the IGS Library. Applications for summer 2018 are due on November 13.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
The Institute of Governmental Studies, in association with the Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and BridgeUSA at Berkeley are pleased to announce a lecture and forum with Mark Lilla, professor of the humanities at Columbia University and one of America’s leading...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
A panel discussion of the key factors influencing the race. Are there major policy distinctions among the leading democratic candidates? How badly does the national Republican brand hurt the Republican candidates? Can Republicans advance a candidate to the general election or will it be a Democrat vs. Democrat race in...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Panelists: Nina Kelsey, Assistant Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University Jonas Meckling, Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Michael Pahle, Head of Energy Strategies in Europe and Germany...
UK flag with Trump image overlaid
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
9:00am to 5:00pm
The June 2016 decision by UK voters to leave the European Union (EU) and the 2016 election victory of Donald Trump signalled an uprising of populist sentiment in both the US and the UK. Understanding the referendum outcome and the victory of Donald Trump – which were unexpected by many – is essential. Do these developments...
Thursday, April 27, 2017
12:15pm to 2:30pm
In the aftermath of the election of President Trump, Brexit and the upsurge of "populism" in many European countries, questions about the fraying of democratic norms and institutions in established Western democracies are raised. These issues concern the integrity of elections, the undermining of media institutions, the...
Alan Simpson
Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sen. Alan Simpson, one of America's most acute political observers, will discuss the future of American politics -- where is the country headed, and what are the implications for today's young people? Sen. Simpson, who served 18 years in the United States Senate representing Wyoming, will be "In Conversation" with Ethan...
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:30am to 5:30pm
In the post-World War II era, higher education was expanded to meet the increasing demand for expertise in a changing American economy. American universities not only expanded to meet this need, but in the process provided a pathway to social mobility for millions of citizens. Through government investment, public colleges...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
3:00pm to 6:00pm
After the unexpected results of Brexit and the 2016 presidential election, a continuing postmortem on public opinion polling and its seeming shortcoming is under way. This event brings together prominent practitioners and scholars of public opinion research to advance the discussion by reviewing the past, suggesting new...
Friday, March 10, 2017
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Join Senator Barbara Boxer as she gives the inaugural lecture in the Barbara Boxer Lecture Series, sponsored jointly by the Institute of Govermental Studies and the Bancroft Library. Senator Boxer will reflect on the 2016 election and look forward to what lies ahead. A book signing will follow Senator Boxer's lecture.
Monday, March 6, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm
The aggressiveness of the Obama Administration put Title IX and the Office of Civil Rights in the national spotlight, and the unexpected election of Donald Trump made regulatory retrenchment a very real possibility. A growing literature on retrenchment—that is, efforts to roll back previously established government...
American justice book cover
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
On the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, Lise Pearlman’s new book, American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton, compares the explosive state of American race relations in 1968 to race relations today with insights from key participants and observers of the internationally watched Oakland, California death-...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
4:00pm to 6:00pm
In The Fractured Republic, Yuval Levin argues that this politics of nostalgia is failing twenty-first-century Americans. Both parties are blind to how America has changed over the past half century--as the large, consolidated institutions that once dominated our economy, politics, and culture have fragmented and become...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Please join us for this stimulating presentation (with complimentary lunch to follow), by Dr. Meir Zadok, who holds a doctorate in Economics and Policy studies from Lancaster University in the UK, with a particular early interest in the financing of higher education. Israel is widely known as a country of science and...